News.com heeft een interview gepost met Dirk Hohndel, Chief Technology Officer van SuSE Linux. Het van oorsprong in Duitsland gevestigde SuSE richt zich naast de ontwikkeling van de eigen Linux distributie vooral op Linux support en service diensten. Binnenkort wil het bedrijf naar de beurs gaan:
Q: What's SuSE's position with helping open-source programming efforts, in particular the XFree86 project for a Linux graphical user interface?
A: The desktop is a very important area for Linux. Ignoring the desktop is one of the major mistakes the Unix vendors did in the Unix wars. We are investing a lot both in sponsorships and manpower. Four of the XFree86 members are on staff, me being one of them. In the desktop environment, we have four of KDE's top developers on staff as well.
Q: What do you think about the lack of a settled standard for Linux desktop user interfaces?
A: I'm very happy to see the competition between Gnome and KDE. Monoculture and monopolies...strangle innovation. But an important part is to make sure interoperability and standardization is not left out of the picture.
Q: How important to you is Itanium, the first generation of Intel's IA-64 family?
A: Itanium is a very important project. We made available our Itanium distribution three weeks ago. It will be ready when the processors ship. Linux on IA-64 is already remarkably stable.